Cupping

Cupping is a technique that is especially useful in the treatment of problems of local Qi, or Blood stagnation in the channels. It can also be very helpful in expelling the external pathogenic factor of Wind-Cold that can invade the Lungs. Cupping is an ancient technique that is still used by modern practitioners. This form of treatment is usually performed as an alternative to acupuncture: the cups are placed over acupuncture points but they treat a larger area of the body.

Cupping Functions:

Moves Blood & Qi and breaks up obstructions

Detoxifies

Relieves Acute or Chronic Pain

Expels External Pathogens

Releases fascia, helps lymphatic drainage, and improves circulation.

Indications:

Cupping therapy can help many conditions. Here are the most common ones:

Headaches, muscle tension and stiffness, arthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and dysmenorrhea. Common cold, asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. Insomnia, stress and long standing emotional trauma.

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Pollen Allergies

  1. What Is a Pollen Allergy?

Pollen is one of the most common causes of allergies in the UK. Pollen is a very fine powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds in order to fertilize other plants of the same species. Many people have an adverse immune response when they breathe in pollen.

  1. What Are the Symptoms of a Pollen Allergy?

If you have a pollen allergy and breathe in pollen-heavy air, you may experience symptoms such as:

Sneezing

Nasal congestion

Runny nose

Watery eyes

Itchy throat and eyes

Wheezing

  1. How does TCM thinks Pollen Allergies?

Firstly, TCM thinks the symptoms of Pollen Allergy, such as the Itchy eyes, and throat, is characterized of wind pathogenic.

Secondly, these people also have others problems, for example, Lower back ache, or dull pain, dry skin, muscle stiffness, tension, sexual dysfunction, vaginal dryness, prostatic fluid reduction, some people will have abdominal distension, and so on.

Third, pulse diagnosis, Guan of Right wrist should be weak pulse, Guan and Chi of left wrist should be weak pulse, these mean, Liver-kidney yin Deficiency, spleen deficiency, insufficiency of kidney Essence, or kidney yin deficiency.

EAST MEETS WEST AS CHINESE MEDICINE REACHES ASKEW ROAD.

Interviewed by Jo Reynolds

When did you move to the area?

I moved to Askew Road in August of 2015.

What made you decide to come to the UK?

I came to the UK to find a new life. Before I left China I worked for 18 years in Taihe Hospital, a county hospital in the east between Beijing and Shanghai. I went there straight from university, worked hard and reached the title of Deputy Chief Physician and was a medical director. But Chinese society changed rapidly. Bribery was very common and no one respects the rules. I could not stand the way it worked and I had to give up the hospital in search of a new life.

Another factor that encouraged me to come to the UK was my son’s education. Education for Chinese children is not good.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture uses very fine needles inserted into acupoints that sit on 14 meridians, energy pathways that run through the body from head to toe. Each meridian is associated with specific body parts. The meridians have been known in Chinese medicine for 3000 years. The needles stimulate the body to restore yin and yang balance, to rebalance the Qi (positive energy) of all the organs. Sometimes they are over-functioning and sometimes under-functioning.

Before treatment, I diagnose. This involves talking to the patient about the complaint, symptoms, sleep pattern, diet and medical history. Then I do a physical assessment: pulse, tongue, et cetera.

     This helps me know where to focus the treatment. There are 360 acupoints(361 acupoints) and some new patients worry that I will cover them with needles but I commonly use 5 to 6, maybe a dozen and sometimes just one. This morning a man came in with a pain in his knee and I used just one pin in his ankle. The results can be instant.

 Does it work?

         It does work. Ask my patients. I cannot show you how it works because the same treatment cannot be repeated on two different people. Modern research requires double-blind controlled tests, which cannot be done with this form of treatment so some scientists dismiss it. Modern science still does not fully understand the mechanism of acupuncture, but much research suggests that the acupuncture needles provoke a reflex reaction in the immediate area and in surrounding tissue, even extending to the whole body, mainly through the blood vessels. This stimulus provokes the body’s ability to repair and regulate itself, and boost its immunity.

Do you practice any other medical remedies?

Yes, I also do traditional Chinese medicine: Moxibustion, burning the dried leaves of the moxa plant, a herb like mugwort; Hot Cupping therapy, where warm cups on the skin encourage local circulation; Tui Na massage, similar to sports physio; and Qigong therapy, which is healing hands following the meridian lines, plus I teach gentle exercise movements like Tai Chi.

What are the main differences between Chinese and Western medicine? And which is better?

Both are effective, but Western medicine and Chinese medicine are based on different foundations. Western medicine is based on the study of anatomy and laboratory research, with biochemistry and in support. Chinese medicine combines ancient philosophy, astronomy, climate change, geography, psychology and sociology.

Although the surgery and antibiotics of Western medicine are irreplaceable for the restoration of bodily functions, Chinese medicine works better at restoring and improving the body’s natural resistance to disease. Also, Chinese medicine has an outstanding performance in psychological treatment.

Because Chinese medicine uses natural ingredients that are not expensive, there is no need to replicate them with synthetic drugs so there is little profit for the pharmaceutical companies. This explains why traditional Chinese medicine develops slowly.

Are the Chinese healthier than the British?

There are many factors that affect the health of a country, such as its economy. Britain is a developed country and Western science and technology are very advanced. Small changes in social class lead to a stable society. Everyone in Britain enjoys the benefit of the NHS, which should be a model for the world. Considering the above factors, the overall health status of British citizens should be better.

Meanwhile, China is developing quickly. The deterioration of the natural environment is causing drastic changes in people’s lifestyle, their mentality, eating habits… Health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, and cancer are on the rise in China, which all causes tremendous pressure on families.

Living in constant change of economic growth, Chinese people do not pay enough attention to their personal health but prioritise making money first. Other factors, such as migrant workers moving into big cities to do seasonal jobs, lead to family separation and mental anxieties, which all threaten health.

In China, antibiotics and steroids are not tightly controlled. The misuse of antibiotics allows diseases to grow rapidly. However, the (Chinese) government has taken note of this and things are getting better.

Do you have acupuncture and, if yes, who do you go to?

Yes, ever since my toothache. I would let another experienced and qualified Chinese doctor do acupuncture for me.

What do you miss about China?

I miss my mother. And my relatives and friends. They did not wish me to leave. Separation from loved ones is painful, but I visit regularly.

What’s the best life lesson you’ve been given?

Safety first. And do not over-treat.

Back in 2005, it was summer and a consultant from the surgical ward invited my advice on a patient with a high fever. Checking the medical records, the patient already had the fever for 21 days with a body temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius. The patient had been drip-fed triple dose antibiotics every day, as well as suppositories, but their white blood cell level was still very low.

After my consultation, I asked the doctors to stop all antibiotics and suppositories. I then administered three different kinds of herbs, boiled down into a syrup like a cough medicine to be taken orally. That day, the patient’s body temperature dropped to 37.6 degrees Celsius. We continued with the herbs with adjusted doses for a week and the patient’s temperature dropped to normal after a week and was discharged. The last time I went to visit China on holiday, the president of the hospital invited me to a dinner and told me the consultant was still telling everyone about that case from over a decade ago.

What life lesson would you share?

When I was studying at university before working in the hospital, our teacher told us to treat patients with great care. He was very serious.  He said: No smiling! But when I got to the hospital, I was told to treat patients amiably so they will like you and then trust you.

Thank you, Dr Zhou. It’s been a real pleasure to meet you.

 

 

 

 

 

How to take herbal remedy

The herbal powder in the paper bags consists of a selection of herbs prescribed to revive your body’s natural capabilities to take care of itself. They remove toxins, restore your body’s natural balance, improve circulation, strengthen organ functions and gives rise to other beneficial effects.

 

  1. Each bag contains two doses or servings;
  2. pour contents of one bag into a mug or cup;
  3. add boiling water;
  4. stir slowly to dissolve completely;
  5. pour roughly half into another cup to drink, preferably after dinner;
  6. keep the other half overnight;
  7. warm up the remaining half and drink, preferably, after breakfast;
  8. pour contents of second bag into mug or cup the following evening;
  9. repeat above process for the next 6 days.

 

Notes:

 

Herbs are vegetation effective in restoring health. Some herbs rid the body of toxins and may be bitter; most people find herbs an acquired taste.

 

Acupuncture and Moxibustion

The main function of acupuncture and moxibustion is to regulate the function of the human body, and enhance the body’s resistance to diseases by enhancing the function of the immune system. In addition, acupuncture has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-shock and anti-paralysis effects.

Basic Price List

Basic Price List

15 st April  2017

Price List                                                                                   £

Acupuncture          15 minutes                                       20.00

Half-hour session                                                               35.00

Herbal Prescription  1 day (2 doses)                        8.50

7 day (includes 1 free)                                                        51.00

Tuina Massage       15 minutes                                       15.00

Deep Tissue Massage half-hour session               30.00

Sports Injury Massage  one-hour session              55.00

Cupping              15 minutes                                                 15.00

Ear candle waxing                                                                 20.00

Acupuncture plus Tui Na massage  half-hour session each     55.00

Male Infertility

Male infertility can be defined as the inability of a man to successfully inseminate an egg but it generally has 4 aspects which are: Low Sperm Count Poor quality sperm Poor mobility of sperm No sperm production at all

It is a good idea to define what is meant by low sperm count. The NHS’s website define it as a sperm count of fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen. Up to a fifth of young men nowadays find themselves with this issue and some can also suffer from not producing any sperm whatsoever.

The causes of male infertility are numerous and it is important to understand the history, medical background and lifestyle of each patient before undergoing any treatment. Smoking and drug use is associated with low sperm count , so too sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea. However, sometimes there is no easily identifiable cause. In Western medicine there are a several treatments to aid with conception such as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection ( ICSI), Gonadotrophin drugs ( for those with low levels of hormones) and donor insemination (where a 3rd party’s sperm is used to fertilise the egg). There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these and some people will feel more comfortable looking at alternative treatments such as those offered in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We will now discuss how TCM can help in cases of male infertility. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we treat the root cause of the problem and this differs depending on the constitution of each individual patient. The goal is to increase sperm production and to make sure that the sperm that is produced is of a high quality so it’s fundamental to understand where and how sperm is produced in the body. A core concept in TCM is the idea of yin and yang and much of the treatment is designed to ensure there is harmony in the body by balancing these two forces. We will discuss three common types of male infertility in terms of Chinese Medicine and the treatments we would consider. Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Heat The cause of this could be related to excess alcohol consumption , hot spicy food and a stressful lifestyle. Physical symptoms would be feeling hot, thirsty and tired and the tongue would be red with little or no coating. We would advise the patient to make some changes to his lifestyle especially in terms of diet and in addition we would prescribe a herbal formula designed to nourish the kidney yin and essence. Damp Heat in Lower Jiao If this was the diagnosis the patient would also be feeling stressed and hot and the tongue coating would be red with a greasy yellow coating. They would also feel clamminess on the skin. The treatment would be to clear the damp heat and eliminate the dampness with a herbal formula. Healthy kidneys are essential to the production of healthy sperm. Kidney Yang Deficiency This diagnosis often affects people who have been working too hard (particularly at night) or are oversexed. This makes the body weak and thus effects the healthy functioning of the kidneys. The tongue is pale with a white coating . The herbal remedies would be designed to warm the kidney yang and thereby improving the quality and mobility of the sperm. The above advice is very general and although we have tried to give some specific examples we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified Chinese Medicine Practitioner to get a full picture of your own condition.